i was losing my mind, yeah | research @ blank check | phd @ uw-madison
PHIL LORD: You know, Chris, as a producer, I have advised... a number of filmmakers to explore a back-to-back pair of productions where they remain contractually committed but free to explore a larger story across a broader canvas.
CHRIS MILLER: Well, did it work for those people?
PHIL LORD: No, it never does. Messy storytelling, unforeseen production costs, overworked and exhausted crews. I mean, these people somehow delude themselves into thinking it might, but... but it might work for us.
JUILLIARD STUDENT: I never played The Last of Us. I’d rather spend my free time—and my money—supporting work places that foster fair labor practices.
LYDIA TÁR: Oh, yes, I suppose we should sacrifice the mechanical ambitions of Jak X: Combat Racing and the technical prowess of A Thief’s End to the ever-evolving, reckless defenestrations of contemporary culture’s most regressive whims. Great art—like Cortex Strikes Back, or Keef the Thief—requires dedication, young man. Would you want your nascent work to be defined by how…